Purim approaches, and like every other holiday we've observed during the pandemic, it will look and be different.
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During a time when many feel so disconnected, Rabbi Jeff Glickman and Mindy Glickman of Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor, CT, decided to take on a radical idea: Join as many Reform synagogues in America as possible.
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I've made challot each Friday while sheltering in place, kneading in prayers not only family and friends but also for our country and our world during these trying times.
Jewish tradition comes down decidedly on the side of science. One of the primary values in Jewish legal thought: Pikuach nefesh, saving a life, overrides almost every other religious mitzvah.